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Report: Call of Duty’s annual release wobbles, but Treyarch moves up to save it

Call of Duty’s production is in trouble, but the franchise will still hit its 16th annual release in 2020, according to another bang-up report from Kotaku about what’s going on inside Activision’s stable of studios. The report by Jason Schreier details how even a three-year schedule is a very tight timeframe for building something of…

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Players find piles of dead horses in Red Dead Online

Something weird and/or spooky is going on in Red Dead Online. Yesterday players started finding big piles of skinned, dead horses laying around. Others report ghost towns, with no animals or NPCs spawning. Either Tywin Lannister is guest starring, or something else is about to go down in Rockstar Games’ west world. Here’s a glimpse…

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The Division 2’s first raid is impossible for console players, apparently

Raids are meant to be hard, but the first one in Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 is so hard that so far, no players on console have managed to beat it. PC users managed to do so within hours of the raid, Operation Dark Hours, going live on Thursday. But more than just a handful…

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Rainbow Six Siege’s next operator looks like The Onion’s accountant

There’s something familiar about Rainbow Six Siege’s newest operator, the defender named Warden. While some might think he resembles season 1, episode 1 Walter White (and PC Gamer calls him “your dad cosplaying as James Bond” I think this prince Ubisoft is promising looks more like Herbert Kornfeld, the late accounts receivable supervisor for Midstate…

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Fortnite’s official John Wick skin has made things kinda awkward

For over a year now, Fortnite has had a bearded suit-wearing skin, The Reaper, that everyone referred to as “John Wick.” And now there’s an actual John Wick skin, which is literally called John Wick. The first thing that makes this inclusion strange is that, in order to set the real John Wick apart from…

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Trump’s disastrous trade war with China is causing panic in the tabletop game industry

President Donald Trump’s disastrous trade war with China is causing a panic inside the board game industry. A list of tariffs on Chinese imports proposed by the United States trade representative would raise the cost of virtually everything needed to produce modern tabletop games. John Stacy, executive director of the Game Manufacturers Association (GAMA), says…

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Pokémon Go is bringing an Extraordinary Raid Week and a Lapras Raid Day

Pokémon Go is kicking off summer with a week of special raids. The raid tiers will change for the week, and players will get doubled Stardust and XP from completing raids. The event lasts from May 21 at 4 p.m. ET until May 28 at 4 p.m. ET. The raid tiers are as follows: Tier…

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Sony and Microsoft team up on cloud gaming, ahead of Google Stadia

Sony and Microsoft are teaming up to develop new technologies for cloud-based gaming services, a move that looks to shore up both console makers as Google’s planned game streaming service, Google Stadia, prepares to enter their market. Obviously, the two companies’ PlayStation and Xbox platforms have current hardware and software that compete directly in this…

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The Epic Games Store launches its own version of the Steam Summer Sale

After accidentally announcing it in a Fortnite popup, the Epic Games Store’s first major sale is here and it’s an “Epic Mega” one. Every game at the storefront priced over $14.99 will be $10 off, with some titles discounted even more. Plus, Epic is doubling down on its free game strategy with a new free…

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Super Mario Maker 2 includes slopes, night mode and 3D World levels

Today’s Super Mario Maker 2 Direct was a 15-minute deep dive into the details and features that would be coming to the Switch sequel this June. The game is being dramatically expanded for its sequel to include level features from a variety of classic and modern Super Mario Bros. titles that weren’t in the original.…

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